Looking in Tech

Everything you need to know about how to find — and keep — your job, plus the latest news on developments impacting the job market.

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure It’s the Right Job for You

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The job hunting process doesn’t end when you get an offer: It ends when you decide to take it. That’s as important as the decision you made to look for a job in the first place. It can be as complicated, too, because there’s more to it than simply agreeing on pay, perks and vacation time. Just because everything looks great on paper doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up loving the situation you put yourself into. You want… continue…

The Opposing View: How Tizen Could Win

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Samsung expanded the horizons of wearable computers this month with a trio of fitness-oriented smartwatches running two different operating systems—neither of which is Android. Two of the three, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2, run the open(ish)-source, Linux-based Tizen operating system. The other, a fitness tracker named the Samsung Gear Fit, uses a customized version of the Real Time Operating System (RTOS), a lightweight OS designed to run so quickly and use so little computing power it can… continue…

How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

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Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate. Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants… continue…

5 Job Hunting Tips for Computer Science Grads

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As strong as the tech job market is, computer science graduates still face challenges during their transition into the real world. While employers prize their smarts, they can be leery of a perceived lack of practical experience and business skills on the part of people looking for their first real job. That doesn’t mean you should be discouraged. It just means you should be ready to approach your search with careful planning, effort and focus. Just ask Veronica Ray. The… continue…

Can Hacker Schools Provide the Training You Need?

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An alternative is rising for people who want to develop new technical skills: Hacker schools, which are billed as quick, cheap alternatives to traditional educational approaches. The schools are cropping up across the country, especially in tech-heavy areas like San Francisco, New York and Boston. They’re not cheap, though. A program at the Iron Yard, based in South Carolina, takes three months and costs $9,000. A two-month program at Atlanta’s Tech Talent South runs $6,250 for full-time students and $4,250… continue…

Employers Want These Skills in Systems Integrators

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Systems integration professionals have seen an uptick in hiring as more companies implement package-based solutions to their core infrastructures. Observing the trend, Tracy Cashman, a partner in Boston-based WinterWyman’s IT Search division, says, “I don’t think it’s going away for the next year to two years.” Click here to find systems integration jobs. Hard Skills Systems integration is as diverse as the job description is broad. Titles depend on the company and level of the role. High level positions include… continue…

Why Did Facebook Buy Oculus Rift?

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When Facebook plunked down $19 billion for WhatsApp, the move made perfect sense: after all, the latter is a messaging app with 400 million active users worldwide, which fits in nicely with the social network’s emphasis on connecting people together. And when Facebook shelled out $1 billion for Instagram, that also seemed like a logical turn of events: people enjoy sharing images with each other, and Instagram offers a sleek (and growing) platform for doing so. Click here to find… continue…

What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next

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When Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO in February, analysts and pundits immediately began to debate over what sort of leader he’ll turn out to be, and whether he’ll attempt to radically remake the company in his own image. Some answers to those questions are expected to emerge this week, when Nadella makes his public debut at a March 27 event in San Francisco. He’ll likely follow that up with an equally high-profile appearance at Microsoft’s BUILD conference… continue…

Sample Resume: Oracle EBS Functional Consultant

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Shane Wilcox, MBA Oracle EBS Functional Consultant P: 000.555.1212 | F: 000.555.1213 | swilcox@email.net | LinkedIn | Google+ | Twitter Helping companies identify and execute against their enterprise resource planning needs using Oracle EBS. Extensive knowledge and success consulting for, designing, and implementing Oracle application-based solutions for Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. Experience with data flow and object modeling, case analysis, workflow analysis and functional decomposition, customization, data migration, testing and training services involving the following Oracle EBS R12 and… continue…

Answer These 4 Questions for a Job at StumbleUpon

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Twelve-year-old StumbleUpon likes to think it melds the agility of a startup with the stability of an established business. The San Francisco-based company offers a discovery engine that matches Web pages, videos and photos to a subscriber’s self-selected likes and dislikes. It’s powered by a lean but growing crew of approximately 90 people, half of whom work in technology. The site relies heavily on Hadoop, R, Raku and Octave, and programmers work primarily with Java, PHP, Scala and some C++.… continue…